Tag: Israel

She Left the Haredi World. Here’s Why She Worries for Her Granddaughters Who Remain There

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One day last month, Judith Rotem attended the circumcision ceremony of one of her many great-grandchildren. The newborn is from the Haredi side of the family, the grandson of her only son, who chose to remain in the Haredi –…[Continue Reading...]

The dispiriting truth about why many evangelical Christians support Israel

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Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war, American evangelicals have been especially vocal in backing Israel. Last week, 90 prominent pastors and other leaders issued “An Evangelical Statement in Support for Israel.” Citing “just war” tradition, the statement affirmed “Israel’s…[Continue Reading...]

Extremist sect threatens protests after yeshiva student arrested for IDF desertion

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The extremist ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Faction threatened on Wednesday to hold demonstrations across the country and block roads during rush hour to protest the arrest of a 23-year-old man for alleged military desertion. The man from the central city of Bnei…[Continue Reading...]

Mayor of Beit Shemesh rescued from violent ultra-Orthodox protest at school opening ceremony

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Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch had to be rescued by Israel Police Tuesday night after hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protesters violently protested her appearance at the opening of an ultra-Orthodox school in the city. The protesters threw rocks, smashing her car…[Continue Reading...]

‘I’m not just visiting’: More African Hebrew Israelites win fight against deportation, but larger struggle continues

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For the past 30 years, Ahbir Ben Israel has led a precarious existence in Israel. He is at once a highly visible member of the African Hebrew Israelite community — a priest (“cohane”) who leads Shabbat and holy day services…[Continue Reading...]

Jewish extremists try to interrupt Messianic Jewish event in Jerusalem

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Jewish extremists attempted to disrupt a convention of Messianic Jews in Jerusalem on Thursday. Activists from the Lehava organization, which opposes interfaith and interethnic relationships and marriages, and Or l’Achim, an organization that tries to counter Christian proselytization in Israel,…[Continue Reading...]

From ultra-Orthodox outcast to TikTok sensation: Riki Rotter’s path to freedom

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After being expelled twice from the seminary (once because she watched "HaMerotz LaMillion" - an Israeli adventure reality game show based on the international Amazing Race franchise), Riki (then Rivki) Rotter overheard a secret late-night conversation between her parents. At…[Continue Reading...]

Kabbalah Centre “cult” member Madonna’s trip to Israel will include visit to dead leader’s grave

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Kabbalah enthusiast Madonna is coming to Israel for the first time since taking the stage as an interval performer during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The international pop star, who unofficially adopted the Hebrew name Esther in…[Continue Reading...]

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